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Comment: Re:The Revolving Door Argument is Thin Anyway.... (Score 1) 73

That depends. A good example of this expertise coupled with loyalty to "current position" rather than "past connections" has been former EU commissioner Neelie Kroes. Better known as the woman who put the record fine on Microsoft.

She was a former lobbyist for big companies, and there were significant fears that she would kowtow to big industries as a result. The opposite came to be - she became big industries' worst nightmare. Someone who knows how the system works because she is an insider, and someone who has the political power and will to take it apart when it threatened to monopolize some parts of the market and damage the free market within EU.

Which brings me to my point. These people tend to be selfish and career oriented. So while revolving door system does suggest ties to former interests, one also has to remember that most of these people are social climbers. Once they get a higher position if their interests demand it they will have few to no qualms of stepping on the faces of their former comrades.

Wheeler is currently a high level government bureaucrat, standing above his peers in private sector. So when these peers get on his turf, he has shown to have few qualms in stepping on them.

Best part is that this particular crowd understands self interest like this and is unlikely to hold it against people like Wheeler after they move on to their next post. This is because they trust self-interest and see themselves acting the same way if they were in his place.

Comment: Re:Done in movies... (Score 1) 210

That's quite in-character for the OT God. He demands absoute loyalty and obedience, and a number of stories in the old testament are about him either requiring this loyalty be proven or showing what happens when it isn't. There are a number of occasions where he gives what seem like trivial, unimportant instructions (Do not eat the fruit, do not look at the burning city, do not touch the ark) then executes someone on the spot for some tiny violation. The entire story of Job is supposed to demonstrate the virtue of unquestioning obedience: God (Via his assistant) unleashes all manner of misery and suffering upon Job, killing his family, ruining him financially and inflicting him with horrible diseases entirely to show that Job, as a loyal Jew, will remain obedient and loyal no matter what circumstances throw at him - and sure enough, at the end, God restores his health and wealth. Though not the dead family.

Comment: Re:Done in movies... (Score 2) 210

It's good drama. A direct physical conflict between opposing characters, and one that allows the story to advance rapidly. It's a lot more exciting then having to put the case on hold for a day while the investigators file paperwork requesting a search warrant.

I also notice that in any crime series, if the suspect calls for their lawyer at any point they are *always* guilty of something - but innocent people never have their lawyer present. It seems that only the guilty have any reason to exercise their legal rights in TV-land. The innocent have nothing to fear from the police.

Comment: Re:Not going to work. (Score 1) 283

by SuricouRaven (#49549755) Attached to: Microsoft, Chip Makers Working On Hardware DRM For Windows 10 PCs

Or on the GPU - which means you'll only be able to play DRMed 4k if you've got a PlayReady3.0-certified video card. Intel HD video may incorporate the GPU onto the same die as the CPU, but it's a logically distinct component - as far as software is concerned it's just another PCI-e card.

Comment: Re:faint whiff of BS? (Score 1) 283

by SuricouRaven (#49549753) Attached to: Microsoft, Chip Makers Working On Hardware DRM For Windows 10 PCs

I tried to find out, but I got nothing: Microsoft has published a fair bit of material about how effective the new DRM will be, but nothing at all about the technical side. Not publically, anyway - I expect that material is only available to potential customers, under an NDA.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 283

by SuricouRaven (#49549749) Attached to: Microsoft, Chip Makers Working On Hardware DRM For Windows 10 PCs

They gain exclusivity. If the latest content is available only on this new PlaysReady 3.0 DRM system, that means it's a Windows-only feature. Want to watch Netflix in 2017 on linux? Can't do that! It'll be encrypted and only under Windows will decryption be possible. Watch a 4k-blu-ray? Nope, Windows only! Apple may have the clout to negotiate some alternative DRM scheme, but linux et all certainly won't. This creates a barrier to all non-Windows OS: A capability they lack and that people want, much as used to be the situation with DVD before it was fully cracked.

It also drives upgrades, which is a serious concern to MS. Their biggest competitor isn't linux, it's themselves from ten years ago. Look how they struggle to get people to move away from XP - it's inevitable that the situation will repeat with Windows 7. What they need is some new in-demand feature that is only supported on their latest OS. Like 4K video playing.

Comment: Re:This never works (Score 1) 283

by SuricouRaven (#49549739) Attached to: Microsoft, Chip Makers Working On Hardware DRM For Windows 10 PCs

If I were working for the evil empire and designing a DRM scheme with a hardware GPU component, I wouldn't have the video going into the frame buffer at all. The buffer will just contain lots of black pixels. The video goes in a seperate area of memory, partitioned off, which cannot be accessed by anything on the PCI-e interface at all. The GPU just overlays it into the image as the final step before it goes into the HDMI/HDCP logic for transmission.

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